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  1. Re: Get Well Soon Dennis! (Owner of The Mandolin Store)

    Dennis is a great individual on all accounts! Many prayers have been sent and many more shall continue!
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Now some of those early Ferns from say 1926-27 have a lot of Loar F-5 characteristics such as same type of super carving of the top and back plates-wood selection, hardware, not to mention a few used...
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    Re: Happy Birthday Scott Tichenor!

    Happy B-Day to our FEARLESS leader of the greatest web presence on this thing we call the internet:cool:
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    That one on Reverb-well gone now, I'd say 1926?
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Late 1924-early 1925 would be the "Unsigned" Loars!
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    Yes there are only a handful of true "Unsigned" Loar F-5's! They are all in Varnish finish with the Dark Cremona shades of color, I think all have Gold plated hardware with the same tuners, hardware...
  7. Re: Why did Gibson return to Paddleheads after Snakeheads?

    I personally think that Gibson had a serious load of parts just laying around from say the teens and 20's, so I think in Depression era Gibson's they used whatever was laying around, they didn't...
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    Re: Unsigned Loar on Reveb

    While that's a mighty fine "unknown-not in the archives"1926 Gibson Fern F-5, its for sure not an "Unsigned" Loar! The Unsigned Loars are from 1925 and Varnished, same everything as say a Dec. 1st 24...
  9. Great article! Scott is one of my favorite...

    Great article! Scott is one of my favorite players, whatever he plays is seriously tasteful. It was real nice meeting him and playing a bit on his 39, its a great mandolin.
  10. Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    The Virzi on my 24 F-5 makes it sound focused, tight, clean and crisp if that makes sense. Very refined and more delicate I guess I'd call it than the 24's I've played that don't have a Virzi. It...
  11. Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    No problem Bob, I've been using this tuning on my 24 with Virzi for a long while now just playing around the house and love it, soothing and if there are beginners on mandolin this tuning may help...
  12. Re: 1938 Gibson H 1 mandola- electrified!

    Right on J. Condino "by the way-what a luthier-builder!", now did you ever take graduation measurements of that 1938 Gibson Mandola and a 1924 Gibson Tenor Lute and did a comparison? Well also tone...
  13. Re: 1938 Gibson H 1 mandola- electrified!

    I believe the few of the 30's Gibson Dolas I've seen are leftover 1924 Tenor Lute bodies, or they made some bodies in that same style as I've never had a 30's Dola in my hands yet to see how close...
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    Re: Hamlett Mandola at Elderly- Wow!

    Yeah man that is a looker, I seen her yesterday while browsing while I actually should've been playing!
  15. Re: Virzi inquiry - Models offered? Tonal effect?

    Correct the Gibson Loar signed F-5's with and without Virz's were not voiced for Bluegrass music! They were voiced for classical and such music of the day right. They were also voiced for 432 tuning...
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    Re: Gary Vessel Interview

    Thanks! Really great article on a fantastic and very talented builder! Gary builds some serious mandolins and is a talented/repairmen that can turn ugly ones into something very special!
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    Re: Gibson A3 number 74336

    That would be an A-3 I'd want! A white top with Truss Rod, slimmer neck also, that year they have the cream pickguard that has he straight edge along the board instead of the slight cut out like...
  18. Re: Mandolins with violin-style construction are nothing new...

    I agree, that is very impressive looking! Never seen anything like that one, looks very well made, Great quality, the bridge looks too huge for it but otherwise very neat.
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    Re: 2020 tribute Vessel A model

    Gorgeous Gary! Love the wood combinations.
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    Re: 1951 F-12 Versus F-5 Construction?

    1949 was the transition year for the short neck and long 5 scale neck. The 51 F-12's may have the fret board glued to the top unlike the F-5 thats elevated off the top, the top elevated helps big...
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    Re: Young Sam Bush A5 video

    Yes thats a re-necked A-50 by the look of the bridge placement! I'd say 40's-50's by the side burst I seen? And I don't think thats the "Clarence-28" Maybe Tony's interpretation? It just doesn't look...
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    Re: Bad habits?

    Yes BAD habit! use your index and middle to get your G then you can introduce your ring finger and then your pinky to get the full G chop chord-Its all a pattern of repetition/practice.

    On your...
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    Re: Earl taylor's f5

    I'm pretty sure I played your old friend last year at Banjerthon, and yes if its the one it was/is a gnarly one! Weird my 24 with Virzi is the one after Mr. Osborne's!
  24. Re: My wife gifted me two mandolins for Christmas!

    She has some talent man! That's a very Kool painting! There needs to be more mando paintings in this nutty world!
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    Re: Question about A2 Gibson Snakeheads.

    Also a handful of 20's F-2's I've seen with tortoise back binding-pretty neat.
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